The city has been unable to recover unpaid taxes despite issuing several notices to the bodies concerned
A total of Tk100 crore is owed to Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) by different organizations and individuals in Sylhet city.
The SCC needs to recover: Tk67 crore from holding tax (housing), Tk12 crore from water bills, Tk20 crore from trade licences, and another Tk1 crore from billboard taxes, said SCC sources.
The SCC has been unable to recover these taxes despite issuing several notices to the bodies concerned.
In this regard, three teams, led by SCC Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury, conducted raids on Wednesday.
During the operation, Tk20,000 in cash was recovered from an organization.
The main source of the SCC’s budget is taxes, Mayor Ariful said.
The recovery process will continue in phases in 27 wards of the city, he said.
He said: "The notice was issued several times for the arrears but many did not pay it. For this reason, I was forced to run the campaign.”
“If the taxes are not paid, then the regular raid operations will be conducted, and the remaining bills will be recovered, along with fines,” Ariful added.
He also said that since a huge amount of money lies in these taxes—which is city's main income source— the city's development activities are being interrupted.
If the city dwellers pay regular arrears, the development will be sustained, he added.